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The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) had more donors than any other college at the University of Minnesota in the previous fiscal year. A total of 4,558 donors made 9,252 gifts in fiscal year 2018, which ended June 30. Both are College records. Only U of M Athletics, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota surpassed the CVM in number of donors.
On May 20, Robert Spencer was at a family funeral when he received the call that Janet Veit, ’96 DVM, had died in a fishing accident in Iceland—an event so stunning it soon made the papers in the Twin Cities and even the Washington Post. Veit had been a veterinarian at Spencer’s clinic, Hillside Animal Hospital of La Crosse, Wis., for 22 years.
“I was so shocked—I couldn’t say anything,” recalls Spencer.
Not many toddlers can accurately predict what they’ll be when they grow up, but Don French, ’51 BS, ’53 DVM, never had any doubts. “I grew up in a rural area in southern Minnesota and got a pony when I was four years old,” he says. It instilled a lifelong appreciation for horses and the work that veterinarians do.
So when Don was accepted into the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), no one was surprised. He graduated in the College’s third class.
Arlo Frost, ’87 DVM, finds that an enjoyable diversion from veterinary medicine is... more veterinary medicine.
Frost volunteers with the Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services (SIRVS), a University of Minnesota student-led volunteer organization that provides veterinary services to Minnesota Indian reservations.
Sandra Soucheray, ’02 CVM, can treat three dogs in just one hour. She has spent the last three years driving across the Twin Cities to take care of dogs and cats at home. Soucheray worked in a clinic for 13 years before launching Dr. Soucheray’s At Home Veterinary Care, her own mobile practice. Now, she keeps all her equipment in her van and provides pet care in her clients’ homes. She has found that pets respond better to treatment in their natural environment—some don’t even have to leave their bed.